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The 8 Best Snacks for Stress Eaters

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on August 2, 2016


When life gets busy, tricky, or just plain tough, it’s tempting to reach for food to make us feel better. Not only does this not solve our problems (unfortunately – if only cupcakes could make that tricky phone call for us!), too much snacking can leave us with another problem. Yep, if your stress snacks of choice are less than healthy, the habit can start to impact your health. But don’t stress – here’s 8 healthy snacks you can keep handy for when it all starts getting a bit much.

Herbal/Green tea

Okay, so it’s more of a drink than a snack, but if you’re feeling a bit frazzled, there’s nothing like taking a few minutes to have a cup of tea. One of the amino acids found in in green tea has calming properties, and herbal teas such as chamomile are soothing and relaxing. Plus they’re low in caffeine, which is thought to enhance the stress response in some people, so they’re a better choice than coffee.

Guacamole & vegies
Vegie sticks fill you up and give you a hit of vitamins. As for guacamole, well – avocados are packed full of healthy fats, fibre and vitamins, and most importantly of all, they’re delicious! Try our avocado dip recipe to get you started.

Bliss balls/protein balls
These little balls of energy give you the sweet hit you’re looking for halfway through a busy day. There’s a flavour to suit pretty much every taste – try these lemon coconut protein bites or for a chocolate version, these cacao bliss balls.

Kale chips
For the crunch you crave, but without breaking out the packet of chips, make your own kale chips. Kale is high in fibre and low in calories. If you’re thinking that making chips out of kale sounds odd or frankly a bit insane, try them! They’re just as addictive as the potato version. Just toss fresh kale leaves in olive oil and bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes, or try our spicy kale chips for something a little different!

The classic banana smoothie delivers calcium, potassium (good for keeping stress down) and a hit of natural sweetness that we crave when we’re under the pump. Or try this Salted Chocolate Caramel Protein Smoothie for when you really deserve a treat.

 Yoghurt with berries
For a creamy snack without the added sugar, plain Greek or natural yoghurt is a good option – the protein keeps you feeling full. Add a handful of mixed berries for extra goodness!

Nuts are a great source of healthy fats, protein and fibre, and they’re also a satisfying snack to nibble on. Just keep serves to about 30g a day, and make sure they’re not salted.

Sometimes, you just want chocolate. This black sesame chocolate is a healthier version that’ll get you through whatever life throws at you.

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